Home to amazing architecture and a rich history, Hyde Park is a neighborhood of culture, ideas and inspiration. The community is a mixture of generations of residents and academics from the University of Chicago, and has certainly made its mark on Chicago’s sprawling neighborhood map.
A Brief History
In 1853, Paul Cornell, cousin of Cornell University founder Ezra Cornell, bought land close to the Illinois Central Railroad to bring families and businesses to the neighborhood. In 1891, the University of Chicago was established and in 1893, the neighborhood was home to the World’s Columbian Exposition, both bringing significant growth to the neighborhood. Similar to the neighboring Bronzeville community, The Great Migration and segregation pushed African-American families and residents to make the neighborhood their own. Still today, Hyde Park is one of Chicago’s more racially diverse neighborhoods. With landmarks, architecture and famous former residents, Hyde Park’s history is a powerful one.
What to Explore
Walk around the University of Chicago — or any of the residential streets — to see some spectacular architecture from past decades. The neighborhood boasts cultural institutions such as the Museum of Science and Industry, the Hyde Park Art Center and the DuSable Museum (re-opening this month), dedicated to the study and conservation of African-American history, culture and art. Take your pick around the neighborhood for eatery options. The Soul Shack offers creative Southern faire, Virtue Restaurant serves hearty soul food and Ja’ Grill Hyde Park brings Jamaican food to the table (or check out more spots here). However you spend your time in Hyde Park, you’ll be sure to discover something new.
What to Consider as a Resident
Directly South of downtown, Hyde Park is easily accessible via train, bus or car to Chicago. Proximity to the lakefront and green space gives Hyde Park residents access to beaches, parks and recreational spaces. The cost of renting or buying may reflect the many amenities of the neighborhood, but there are plenty of two- or three-flat buildings if the grander homes are out of price range.
If you’re interested in searching for your own place in Hyde Park, feel free to contact someone from our team. And stay tuned for more neighborhood spotlights on our blog!